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Elections: Addresses of Candidates Not Required to be Published

Please find here a letter from Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government, sent to local authorities regarding the publication of councillors’ and candidates’ home addresses.

In the letter the Minister confirms that he is taking forward a recommendation from the “Review of Intimidation in Public Life”, a report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, that the Government should enact legislation to remove the requirement for candidates standing as local councillors to have their home addresses published on the ballot paper. Accordingly, Parliament has now amended the rules that apply to local government, parish council, and local and combined authority mayor elections, removing the requirement that each candidate’s home address must be published during the election process and be included on the ballot paper. The requirement for each candidate’s qualifying address to be published during that process has also been removed and Returning Officers and other electoral administrators should take care to avoid disclosing such addresses during an election count.

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